Socare Conference and General Assembly Postponed (New Date: March 12-14, 2021)

Due to the current developments resulting from the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the SOCARE congress in Erlangen, originally scheduled for March 20-22, 2020, and the general assembly, scheduled for March 21.

Considerations on various levels have informed this painful, but in our view necessary decisions. For instance, numerous participants have expressed serious concerns because of the virus. Furthermore, universities in different countries have imposed travel restrictions on their staff, or are considering to do so. Some German universities have begun to ban events and meetings.

Under these conditions, neither the congress nor the general assembly could have been carried out successfully (and with a reasonable number of members).

The new date for the general assembly is March 13, 2021 that will take place in Erlangen during the also re-scheduled congress (March 12-14, 2021).

We continue to look forward to the assembly and to the congress and are confident that we can carry it out under much better conditions in March.


The Socare Executive Board

Presentation: Library of Glissant Studies

​This collaborative open access project aims to collect and make works by and on Martinican author Édouard Glissant (1928-2011) widely  accessible. The Library of Glissant Studies is a unique tool that draws on Alain Baudot’s 1993 Bibliographie annotée d’Édouard Glissant (Annotated Bibliography of Édouard Glissant) which contains more than 1300 references. LoGS is a multilingual database dedicated to making texts by and about the Martinican author Édouard Glissant accessible and widely available. The objective of LoGS is to centralize information, in whatever original languages they may have been produced, on Glissant’s work and thought in an open access gratis website, linked to multiple physical and digital archives which contain his manuscripts, and other printed and multi-media materials.

You may find the website here and a comprehensive presentation of the project here.

CfP – Between mobilities and demarcations of boundaries: Education and the politics of education in the Caribbean

The politics of education can be understood as official and unofficial practices guiding individual and social processes of educational and intellectual formation and as the discourses that legitimate these practices. They are the center of the social, economic, and cultural dynamics of societies and play a key role in the collective construction of identities and in ethical debates about diversity. They ensure social continuity by reproducing and legitimating collectively shared assumptions, values, and aesthetic judgements. At the same time, they often set the stage for social controversies and debates. Overall, educational politics constitute one of the most powerful motors for social transformation. Through them, access to relevant forms and practices of knowledge can be granted or denied. This directly influences political and cultural participation and the degree of socio-economic mobility within societies, as well as migration processes between different societies.

In this sense, the Caribbean and its diasporas, seen as social spaces, constitute an especially promising field of study, for their traditionally complex forms of geographic mobility, their strong linguistic, cultural, and social fragmentation, their intense demarcations along ethnic and social lines and their profound processes of transculturation. This constellation creates complex dynamics, closely intertwined with cultural and social questions, which manifest themselves in the educational system and its policies. Our conference is thus engaged with the following questions: How do Caribbean educational politics facilitate mobility or, on the contrary, contribute to the drawing of boundaries? How do internal and global processes of circulation (of people, objects, and knowledge) shape educational policies? Unlike in empirical educational research, whose main goal is the generation of actionable knowledge for further development of educational systems, this conference focuses on embedding educational processes in the cultural, linguistic and social dynamics of Caribbean societies, while placing a particular focus on their historical development.

For this purpose, educational practices and discourses will be analyzed from a transdisciplinary perspective, which will take into account the delimitations and demarcations of boundaries instigated by educational politics and their resulting (dis)continuities. The following three fields of observation will be given special emphasis:

1.      Mobilities & Immobilities: How is access to education organized in the Caribbean and its diasporas? What factors enable or prevent the permeability of the educational system and social mobility? What educational biographies are typical and by what modes and pathways does knowledge circulate within and through the educational system?

2.      Identities & Demarcations: How does the construction of identity interact with educational processes in Caribbean societies (and their diasporas)? What kind of narratives of identification and demarcation are propagated in official and unofficial educational practices? How do educational discourses and practices contribute to hybridization and reformulation of individual and collective identities?

3.      Institutions & Authorities: Which educational processes control the differentiation of local, regional or transregional social norms in the Caribbean and its diasporas? How do linguistic and cultural standards interact with non-standard practices and expressions? How does cultural and artistic canonization work, and how do they relate to official educational canons?

Contributions from all humanities and social sciences are appreciated, provided that they cover educational discourses and policies in the Caribbean and its diasporas with respect to the questions outlined above and that they allow for transdisciplinary discussions.

Please submit your abstract (up to 500 words in English, French or Spanish) before October 31, 2019 to Contributions from the Caribbean are especially welcome. A limited number of travel allowances for accepted speakers is available from the organization team.

Prof. Dr. Silke Jansen, Erlangen
Prof. Dr. Miriam Lay Brander, Eichstätt
Johannes Bohle, Flensburg
Dr. Anne Brüske, Heidelberg
Natascha Rempel, Hannover

Further Information:
Full CfP here

CfP: “(Re-)Thinking Home: 21st-Century Caribbean Diaspora Writing and Geopolitical Imaginaries in North America”

July 01-03, 2020, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University

International conference of the DFG-funded project, “(Re-) Thinking Home: 21st-Century Caribbean Diaspora Writing and Geopolitical Imaginaries in North America”, in collaboration with the Black Americas Network and the Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS)

Coordinators: Wilfried Raussert & Miriam Brandel

Various migration movements have led to new complex transnational and diaspora networks between the Caribbean and Canada, the Caribbean and the US, and between Canada and the US. This is reflected, for instance, in the vast range of im/migration literatures and other cultural products of the past decades. The latter part of the 20th and the 21st century, in particular, have witnessed a tremendous amount of cultural activity by Caribbean migrants/diasporas in North America (here: Anglo-Canada and the US). Therefore, Caribbean/Canadian and Caribbean/US cultural products can and should be read both together and separately, as rich texts that connect subjectivities with histories and cultures in their struggle to (re-)invent and (re-)negotiate home and belonging in a globalizing present. Home, as we understand it, is never unidimensional or closed but instead relational and multi-scalar, open yet (temporarily) (trans-)locatable, both material and imaginative. Thus, home as an idea, a concept, a construct, a place, is multiple, complex, and versatile – home becomes homes.


Further, conceptualizing home on a meta-level from an inter-American perspective is a promising approach to shed light on the shifting geopolitical imaginaries of the Caribbean, Canada, and the US. In this regard, areas of conflict concerning real and imagined pasts and projected visions of the future, as well as convergent and divergent national contexts, transnational, and global relations take center stage.


With this conference, we hope to provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogues between scholars, artists, and activists who think critically about questions of home and belonging. We wish to reflect on the ways in which literatures and other cultural products (re-)negotiate, challenge, and (de-)construct (established or normative) notions of home at the interstices of the historical, political, cultural, social, and geographical contexts of the Caribbean, Canada, and the US, as well as on the usefulness and (re-)conceptualization of home from a critical/theoretical angle not only in Cultural and Literary Studies but also in such fields as Critical Geopolitics, Sociology, and Geography, among others.


The conference, to be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University from July 01 to July 03, 2020, is committed to the conceptualization of a hemispheric perspective of American (diasporic) movements and cultures, a perspective which both problematizes and ventures beyond a reductive North-South divide. In this dialogue of multiple relations, which, in the case of our research project, starts but does not end with literary examples of experience, we hope to be able to reflect and formulate new ideas about home, as public and private place-making processes, as well as about geopolitical imaginaries and their role in home-making processes from inter-American perspectives.


As we strive to demarcate rigid separations between academic research and cultural (and political) activity, we accept proposals in English and Spanish for papers in the traditional panel format (20 minutes talk plus discussion) as well as short performances (e.g. poetry, music).The participation of MA and doctoral students is strongly encouraged. Please note that a selection of papers is set to subsequently appear in a special edition of the online journal fiar (forum for inter-American research).


Possible topics/fields of inquiry include but are not limited to:


  • Terminologies/concepts of home (and/vs. homeland, Heimat, etc.)
  • Theories and practices of national, cultural, ethnic, communal, regional, and individual belonging and home
  • Feminist and postcolonial thinking on home
  • Homes as sites of oppression and resistance
  • Transnational experiences and activities (transnational homes)
  • Politics and experiences of exclusion (e.g. racism, sexism) and home
  • Policies and practices of national and cultural identity (e.g. (official) multiculturalism)
  • Migration and (un-)belonging
  • Memory and home
  • Intersectionality approaches (of identities and belonging)
  • Home and belonging in literature, music, photography, painting, etc. (e.g. in Afro- and Indo-Caribbean diasporas)
  • Life stories of home (e.g. memoirs, diaries, interviews)
  • Urban Studies (e.g. ghettoization, housing projects, ethnic enclaves) and home
  • Role of geopolitical imaginaries in policies, practices, and experiences of national and cultural identities, belonging, and home


Those interested in participating, should submit a 250-word abstract proposal for a paper or performance by July 30, 2019.

Please understand that the organizers are unable to offer financial support and participants are responsible for their own expenses, including travel and accommodation.

Please email your abstracts and any inquiries concerning the event to the following: Wilfried Raussert ( and Miriam Brandel (


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Pitzer College Assistant Professor of French and Spanish

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CRI Conference on Cuban & Cuban-American Studies – “Call for Papers” – deadline Oct. 31, 2018

Announcing the CRI’s Twelfth conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies on Feb. 14-16, 2019.

Please see details below/attached. If interested in participating, submit your proposals for panels or papers by October 31, 2018.

For more information visit our website ( or write We hope you can join us!

Obituary Wilson Harris

The Guyanese author Wilson Harris passed away on March 8th, 2018 in Chelmsford, Essex. For an extended obituary see e.g. The Guardian or The New York Times.

CfP: Ruptures et Continuités: (Re)Penser l’Espace Caribéen (1ères Recontres de l’AFDEC)

Please note the attached Call for Paper (PDF-file).

Website “Rethinking Europe from the Caribbean: Entanglements and Legacies”

Further information concerning the congress “Rethinking Europe from the Caribbean: Entanglements and Legacies” can be found here